Thank you for your response.
As requested: Emily is 8 years old and James 6 years old.
Before the breakdown of the marriage we saw the children on a semi regular basis. Even during this period the children were constantly controlled by their mother. We wanted to take them on holidays/come and stay with us, there was always some excuse why this could not happen. These same requests were turned down during the breakdown. Taking them for a meal was hard going, we succeeded on a few occasions, but she was always wanting to be in control.
My son seen a solicitor who I believe didn’t do anything to alleviate the situation this had my son in a grey area not able to go forward. When he was informed legal aid had been stopped he ceased with this solicitor. His next step was to approach Citizens advise services and through them mediation was applied for twice. On both occasions she did not respond. As I have already mentioned contact was being made through my niece by myself. My son had also been trying to get contact with his children through my niece. He even asked for mediation through her. Reply given was “you know what you have to do go to the courts”
He was even told there was a police injunction against him forbidding him anywhere near the old house or to see his children. I spoke to the police they had no record of this.
The whole episode seems to be one lie following another. When at the end of the day all we want is to be able to see our grandchildren without this childish hassle.
Once again thank you
He would love to do this. However he has just started new job and his finances are not very good, and he is not entitled to legal aid. I'm on long term sick after major back operation. What next